Silchar: Two schoolgirls were hung from the two ends of the same rope from a tree in Assam’s Karimganj district, a killing reminiscent of the Badaun gang-rape and murder in Uttar Pradesh.

Both the girls, one a Grade 10 and the other a Grade nine student, of a school in Nilambazar area were missing since Wednesday evening, police said on Friday.

The family members frantically searched for them but failed.

The next morning, a relative of one of the girls spotted the bodies hanging from a tree.

The tree is located 2km from the India-Bangladesh border.

Locals suspect that the girls were first raped and then killed to cover up the crime.

In Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun district, two teenaged cousins were gang-raped and hanged from a tree in Katra Sadatganj village, a crime that grabbed global headlines.

Karimganj Additional Superintendent of Police (HQ) Nabin Singh said that the bodies of the two girls were sent for post mortem examination.

“A police team had gone to the area yesterday [on Thursday] after being informed by the locals. We have recovered the bodies and sent those for postmortem and forensic test,” he said.

“We are waiting for the postmortem report ...which can only confirm the exact cause of death and if there are any rape angle,” Singh said.